歌曲后来迅速的流行起来并被广为翻唱, 据统计光录音版本就有 22700 多种. 它也是 Jazz standard, 被形容为 “without doubt… one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote….Gershwin’s highly evocative writing brilliantly mixes elements of jazz and the song styles of blacks in the southeast United States from the early twentieth century.”
Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush little baby, don’t you cry
One of these mornings
You’re goin’ to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take the sky
But till that morning
There’s a nothin’ can harm you
With daddy and mammy standin’ by, don’t you cry
“Heartattack and Vine” is a song from the Tom Waitsalbum by the same name. The song describes the difficulties of life in the crime-ridden parts of Los Angeles, California (Cahuenga is a street in Los Angelesand the local bus system was formerly known as the RTD).
The song makes use of many double meanings and local references (street names, bus system, and colloquial drug slang), often alluding to the fact that nothing is sacred in that part of the city (“there ain’t no devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk”) and how people who moved there from other places looking for a better life end up prostitutes (“Well I bet she’s still a virgin but it’s only twenty-five ’til nine, you can see a million of ’em on Heartattack and Vine.”) and drug addicts (“Boney’s high on china white”) and would have been better off staying in their hometowns (“better off in Iowa against your scrambled eggs, than crawling down Cahuenga on a broken pair of legs”).
The song makes numerous references to the insufflation of cocaine and heroin (“…china white”, “taste of madness” and “let’s do another line”) and prostitution (Cahuenga is a double entendre meaning both the street in Los Angeles and an unusually large male sex organ).
Original album version: